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  • Band members: Stephen O'Malley, Michio Kurihara, Atsuo, William Herzog
  • Summary: Sunn 0)))'s Stephen O'Malley is joined by Michio Kurihara of Ghost, Boris drummer Atsuo, and William Herzog from Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, plus Eyvind Kang and Timba Harris on Ensemble Pearl's debut release.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Doom Metal, Cast Recordings, Original Score, Post-Metal
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 13, 2013
    80
    When the quartet let loose, like on the screeching demonic cacophony of Island Epiphany, all hell breaks loose. [Jun 2013, p.96]
  2. Apr 5, 2013
    80
    An album whose fragmentary and ephemeral structure is mirrored in its often ethereal, distant sound. [Mar 2013, p.54]
  3. May 1, 2013
    80
    It remains quite literally sublime--i.e. it creates a stirring sense of awe and fear in the listener, by creating an abstract representation of a facet of nature that we are right to be humbled by and terrified of: giant oceanic waves.
  4. Mar 19, 2013
    70
    Given its length and glacial pacing, Ensemble Pearl may not resonate for all fans of O'Malley's--or his collaborators--other projects, but it is a singular work that offers considerable rewards for those who will engage with it on its own terms.
  5. Apr 5, 2013
    70
    There are a few scorching solos throughout, but most of Ensemble Pearl witnesses the musicians paying more attention to atmosphere than technicality.
  6. Mar 26, 2013
    70
    Ensemble Pearl is an album of perpetual drift, expanding upon the defining characteristics of droning or ambient music.
  7. Mar 18, 2013
    60
    This extended family Sunn))))/Boris supergroup opt for cross-referenced influences. [Apr 2013, p.98]

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